Unique bird rediscovered in Borneo

Photo: rarebirdalert.co.uk

Black-browed Mouse Thymelia

Black-browed mouse thymelia has not been seen for nearly two centuries. She was accidentally discovered in the forest of the South Kalimantan province.

On the Indonesian island of Borneo, for the first time since 1840, a rare bird species, the black-browed mouse thymelia (Malacocincla perspicillata), has been noticed. This is stated in article BirdingASIA magazine.

For almost two centuries, the only evidence of the species’ existence was a specimen from a museum collection in Leiden, Netherlands, which was brought from an expedition to Borneo between 1843 and 1848.

During this time, some bird watchers decided that the species had completely disappeared.

But a few months ago, black-browed mouse thymelia suddenly appeared on an island in the forest of the Indonesian province of South Kalimantan. She was accidentally noticed and photographed by local residents Muhammad Suranto and Mohammad Rizki Fauzan.

Photo: twitter.com/IBIS_journal

Ornithologists recognized the black-browed mouse thymelia in the bird in the photo (other names: black-browed silkfinch, black-browed chatterbox). A bird from the order of passerines is distinguished by a gray-brown color, a thickened beak and a black mask going through the eyes.

Thymelia has survived despite massive deforestation in Borneo, which has resulted in the loss of habitat for many of its fauna.

Bird watchers and conservationists are planning to visit the site of the bird’s discovery as soon as the quarantine restrictions are lifted.

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